Welbeck, Walcott and Gabriel start: Man Utd v Arsenal teams

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It’s crucial Premier League action today as we travel to Old Trafford to face Man Utd. Can Arsene Wenger get his team scoring again?

Here are the official line-ups.

Man Utd: De Gea; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Rashford

Subs: Romero, McNair, Riley, Fosu-Mensah, Weir, Janusaj, Pereira

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck, Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Elneny, Iwobi, Giroud

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Tarquin Farquar

Lets hope it works. It’s do or die. Coyg


This has to be be of the worst United teams we’ve ever played in the Premier League, on paper. We should be able to take advantage


This is a really weak ManUtd side… we have to win

Andy Redman

If Arsenal can’t score against that back line – we should all be streaking naked somewhere.


They look weak. We must win.


Gibbs is on the bench twice… He’s good that lad!


It’s his brother. He was snapped from Borington Utd. ?

Tee Söng

Bee Gees on the bench?


So we got gibbs on the bench, and er his brother gibbs also?

Bob Davis

No Flamini. Mertesacker and Giroud on the bench. Walcott and Wellbeck up front.

Great lineup that will get us the 3 points we have to get today! They look shit as was expected with all their injuries.



COYG!!! Got a sneaky feeling Swansea will get something today as well

Anonymous Physicist

So is that Walcott as striker and Welbeck on the right or the other way around? I guess the former makes more sense based on their Arsenal performances over the last two years, but the latter seems like it would make more sense in terms of their career history and their attributes.


Where’s Joel? 🙁


Got to put this lot to the sword. Worst team they have had for years.

Glad Welbeck is up front. Giroud seems to play better when he has to fight for his place back.


How can we not win? Goodness!


A win would be magical

Crash Fistfight

It’s a bit of a shame that De Gea is starting – seems like no matter how shit the rest of the team is in front of him, he’s able to make crazy saves to keep them in it. Notice how as soon as he came off in the corresponding fixture last year Valdes let one in.


On paper, one of the weakest United teams we’ve ever faced in the Premier League.
Not too worried.

Arsene's handkerchief

Think Arsene is going for the blitz approach just like the game at the Emirates, makes sense with the United line up, haven’t got a clue who half the players are. COYG, absolute must win, and if possible win well!


Ther has never been a better time to place these guys… if we can’t win this then we have no business with the title


Donde esta Campbell?!

And for real, that manure side looks crap.



Ah he’s on the bench!


He’s changed his name to Gibbs, just to confuse Andre Marriner even further

Man Manny

Should win this but I guess one of the “Gibbs” on the bench should be Chambers.


Is Campbell injured?


*play.. anyway, let’s put these guys in their ‘place’


No flamini!


Time for revenge…..remembering, .we 8u…coyGs

The Original Arsene's Nose

Nothing wrong with an optimistic outlook but in terms of tempting fate, some of the comments above are terrifying. Let’s not forget this is United at Old Trafford. We have a good opportunity today but let’s not take anything for granted whatsoever.

Arsenal hurts

is it the fastest 11 we’ve seen in PL or what?


Thought de gea, Schneiderlin and Memphis were supposed to be injured!!! Not as weak as I thought they were supposed to be!!!

Cliff Bastin

Hopefully Welbeck scores a hat trick and celebrates with a kneeslide in front of the United bench while exposing his boxers with the word ‘Horny’ on them.


“There’s only one Keiran Gibbs”….hold on a minute…:-)

gunnerfan ov palace

Arsenal fc will win fast starts and control in front of goal will get in coyg coyg coyg


First 20 minutes, aside from nachos chance, don’t look particularly promising!!!


Bbc updates even saying manure are edging it!!! No, no and no Arsenal!!! Batter this dross and no excuses!!!


Told you we wouldn’t win anything this season

He's got no hair but we don't care...

I know I’m going to get massive thumbed down but if we lose this game against such a poor manure team, Wenger has to resign.

Yes, I know he won’t but it will be yet another pathetic missed opportunity in both a season and another attempt to win the league.

Oh and f***ing sell Walcott. Waste of space and money!!!


He’s got no hair – totally agree mate this display against this dross is NOT acceptable!!! I don’t think we are going to win the title with displays like that and it almost feels like the victory against Leicester was pointless!!!


Theo and Walcott not helping out on defense and are totally out of the game


I mean Theo and Ozil


I’ve said this before: Gabriel is faster than Per but that’s all he is. He is still an error-prone defender and makes the joke mistakes we were so used to during the barren years.

Crash Fistfight

Both goals coming from him being too far away from Koscielny. Plus a dicey challenge that was just far enough outside the box for it to not be a penalty.

PS – Coquelin has been too far up the pitch all half – someone needs to have a word


Why Theo why!!!


Gabriel is a liability. He needs to be sold in the summer and replaced with somebody who can defend.

He's got no hair but we don't care...

Are you aware who are manager is?

We needed both a striker and a centre back in the summer AND in the January transfer window.

Did he buy either? No.
Will he buy in the summer? No.
Will the rest of the top 5 strengthen? Yes.

Excellent manager.


Well one goal back is something but I can’t help but feel this gimp that scored against us is going to be a thorn!!! We have to win end of!!! Anything less is a disgrace so Wenger better get a rocket up certain players backsides and see us batter them second half!!!


P.s we should have started with mertesacker in defense!!! He may be slower but he sure as eggs can read the game!!! Time to take of Theo – has he done anything of merit!!!

Me So Hornsey

Merts and Giroud to come on for Gab and Theo.

I think we’d actually win if they did.

This manure team really is the weakest line up since Ron Atkinson days.

Crash Fistfight

Based on the highlights from the other game it’s only a matter of time before Tottenham equalise (and probably win). I don’t think we necessarily need to win this one, but we need to get at least a point.


What a shit first half! Theo gosh… Ramsey and Coquelin are terrible in midfield. Bellerin is having a mare.. And Gabriel well … mistakes after mistakes.. Alexis is suffering from a burnt out ! A draw is a good result if we can score one in the second half. The team look so disjointed. We ‘ve been missing Santi more than ever. There is no link . Its just blurs of disorganized attacks and panic defending against a team of kids , albeit talented ones.Van Gaal knows how to win with kids.. At half time the title looks like a… Read more »


Well what the hell was that?

Woeful inept first half sorely lacking a leader!

45 mins to save our league winning chances.


Yeah 45 minutes of torture more like!!!


Wondering where all the Mertesacker haters are… people on here love to have a moan about how slow he is, but I hope we all see now what he brings to our defence despite his lack of pace. I like Gabriel, but in terms of experience and reading the game there’s no contest. In other news, where the fuck is Theo? I’d swear he wasn’t on the field at all if I hadn’t seen it on the lineup…. if he’s still on the field he needs to come off for someone who will actually show up. I’m having a hard… Read more »


“We were a bit jaded, the Barcelona game demanded a lot of effort.”


Giroud for Walcott now please!!!


Bunch of useless overpaid cunts. Done with them.